26 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Newly crowned Monaghan Rose Eleanor McQuaid has vowed to represent the county to the best of her ability.

The 24-year-old physiotherapist from Clontibret, who was selected for the role last Saturday night, 20th April in the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, told the Northern Standard that she reacted with “shock, disbelief and elation” when her name was called out.

“Given the beautiful and talented group of young women who entered this year’s competition, I found it very difficult to believe that I had won! I immediately got that sudden feeling where your heart is beating so fast it’s going to burst through your chest! Soon I was searching for my family and friends, who have been a huge support for me through everything.  Luckily I didn’t have to look far as they were straight up to lay on the hugs and kisses! Cameras were in full flow, and all the girls were there beside me through a very daunting experience.”

Eleanor, who is daughter of Mary and John and works in Beaumount Hospital in Dublin added that she felt truly humbled, honoured and so excited to be this year’s representative.

“On a more personal level I am privileged to represent my local community of Clontibret and would like to sincerely thank Gormley uPVC Systems for their generous sponsorship. I also wish to thank Monaghan Rose Centre for their wonderful support and guidance thus far, and to the hugely talented young women who entered this year’s competition and made it an experience of a lifetime. To those who are considering entering next year – go for it!”

Eleanor enjoyed the traditional tour of Co Monaghan with the other Rose contestants ahead of …

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